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Saturday, July 20, 2013
For a collaborative blog, I'd suggest either a Blogger or Wordpress blog. Though Blogger is getting tangled up with Google+, for students with Gmail accounts already, the single log-in is advantageous. You could be the blog owner, and students could be contributors (co-authors), or, to ease them in, they could have only commenting privileges that you could moderate. However, screening comments in advance can impede interactions and responses among contributors, especially if you're not monitoring the blog 24/7.
I believe students would have to have Diigo installed on their computers to facilitate cooperative bookmarking of Internet sites. You'd probably want to set up (a) Diigo group(s) for them, with recommended tags. For example, I own a Weblogging in Kumamoto (WinK) group, and have an RSS feed for bookmarks tagged "wink_students" in the sidebar on a writing course blog. However, students don't do the bookmarking for that; other teachers and I do. You and other group members can share annotations and highlights publicly or privately (with particular groups).
With a Diigo group, and student invitees, discussion forums also will be available. So course blogs might be unnecessary, if you go the Diigo route. Carefully threaded discussion posts may be better than flat comment threads on target blog posts. (I'm not sure yet, but Blogger may have begun threading replies to particular comments.)
I hope this responds satisfactorily to most if not all of your recent inquiries. If not, please let me know in (a) comment(s) on this post.
Friday, April 05, 2013
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Everything you know about curriculum may be wrong. Really. | Granted, and...: "...[T]hough we often lose sight of this basic fact, the point of learning is not just to know things but to be a different person – more mature, more wise, more self-disciplined, more effective, and more productive in the broadest sense" (Wiggins, 2012.03.12)
'via Blog this'
Saturday, March 16, 2013
The transition into Feedly from Google Reader is seamless, and what you can do there is amazing! Once you have your feeds in Feedly, you can add them to new categories, and reorganize them into multiple categories. All will backwash to Google Reader, till it goes belly up on the first of July:
We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. (Official Blog, A second spring of cleaning, 2013.03.13)For example, in the screenshot below, there is a Language . . . feed in a topic grouping (Languages and Learning), as well as in another source grouping (Facebook). Likewise, there are social groupings, such as KGUW_13-14, new mash-ups for an instructional cohort, and Learning with Computers, connections from a series of professional development workshops.
It is also possible to rename feeds in Feedly displays. For example, in the Wikispaces (source) category feed listing above, all five current items look the same. The feed names need to be trimmed back to the essential wiki titles, for ease of reading at a glance in Feedly displays.
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Schleicher, Andreas. (2012, July). Use data to build better schools. TED Global 2012 [posted February 2013]. Retrieved from: http://www.ted.com/talks/andreas_schleicher_use_data_to_build_better_schools.html
measuring performance in terms of:
preparation for change
79 school systems
delivering equity and excellence
spending explains less than 20% of the differences
how money gets spent matters a lot more
range of factors
making "choices that value education, their future, more than consumption today"
embracing "diversity with differentiated pedagogical practices"
personalizing "learning opportunities"
maximizing quality of teachers
recruitment, selection, training, … and beyond
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Sunday, February 03, 2013
A Google Search this morning (online teaching), turned up a couple of interesting hits. That is, they were interesting enough for me to review and then tag them in Diigo, a social bookmarking system that I use for micro-blogging instead of Twitter. I've replicated the two tagged entries below.
The first, Starter.co.nz, I thought may be of interest to teachers of young learners, who can browse previews of available resources, and decide whether such a subscription service would be of value to them or their schools. So I posted it to the Classroom 2.0 group, as I was adding it to my list of Educational Technology items.
The second, from the Designing for Learning website, has an intended audience of university faculty members new to online teaching, or interested in imporving their online teaching practices. So I decided to post it to the Moodle4Teachers group, as well as two others to which I belong, and cross-listed in both my Educational Technology and my Faculty Development lists.
When I returned again to the Google Search page, I noticed Google also had spotted "49 [other] items in ... [my] Diigo Library." Please feel free to check them out, too, and if you have any favorites or hot picks of your own, please share them in return.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
- Nearly 90% dissatisfied with Japan's English education: survey – The Mainichi, December 3, 2012; and
- Arama, they didn't! LiveJournal, December 4, 2012
- TESOL International Association, English Langauge Bulletin; December 12, 2012
- ELT Professionals around the World: Ian Butler, LinkedIn, c. December 15, 2012
If you're interested in reading either the original Rakuten Research press release, or the online report, both dated November 21, 2012; they're here:
- 楽天リサーチ、「日本の英語教育」に関する調査を発表 (press release)
- Apparently not published in English (press releases )
- 日本の英語教育に関する調査 (report)
- PDF: http://research.rakuten.co.jp/report/pdf/english_20121121.pdf
- Though the filename seems to suggest that the PDF is in English, it isn't.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Richard Byrne made DROPitTOme sound like a winner:
"DROPitTOme works by synchronizing with your Drop Box account. After connecting the two services DROPitTOme provides a url that you can give to others to upload files to your Drop Box account." (Byrne, 2011.09.06, 7 Ways..., DROPitTOme, ¶2).
Friday, November 16, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
It's hard to believe how easy it is to use this free diagramming tool. Thanks to who ever it was who pointed it out!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Networked Student - YouTube: Uploaded by Wendy Drexler on Nov 26, 2008
"The Networked Student was inspired by CCK08, a Connectivism course offered by George Siemens and Stephen Downes during fall 2008. It depicts an actual project completed by Wendy Drexler's high school students."
(YouTube description, link added)
The Networked Student (Drexler, 2008)
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Curiosity consumed me, and Google provided some intriguing results today (2012.09.11):
- "massive open online course" – over 400,000 hits;
- "massive open online conference" – eight (8) hits, all from 2011;
- "massive open online community" – six (6) hits, all from 2012; and
- "massive multiplayer online games" – over two million hits, for sake of comparison.